FORT RUCKER, Ala. (August 15, 2013) -- Girl Scouts are known for making many adventurous memories a girl will remember throughout her lifetime. However, the one fact the Girl Scouts take pride in is teaching leadership skills to young girls ages 5-17.

The Girl Scouts offers young women the opportunity to not only build leadership skills, but friendships in a fun, educational environment, and Fort Rucker youth have the chance to sign up for the organization Aug. 17 at a membership drive on post.

"The Girl Scouts offers so much to today's girls," said Rebecca Benson, Girl Scouts field executive for the Fort Rucker area. "My daughter participates in the programs, and she loves it. It is a great way for girls to learn in a fun way. That is why I encourage any girls between the ages of 5 to 17 to attend our recruiting event. The event is scheduled for Saturday in the Commons, Bldg. 8950."

Girls attending the recruiting event will see first-hand some of the fun-filled activities Girl Scouts participate in.

The recruiting event has been broken into three different timeframes. Girls in kindergarten through first grade will meet at 9 a.m.; second-third grade, 10 a.m.; and fourth-12 grade at 11 a.m. Individuals interested in volunteering are also encouraged to attend the recruiting event.

"The Girl Scouts are not just about camping anymore," said Karlyn Edmons, chief operating officer with the Girl Scouts. "Participants of the Girl Scouts enjoy many activities -- activities that involve anything from science to archery. Our programs keep girls interested in science, technology, engineering and math curriculums. Not to mention the confidence of getting out of their comfort zone and learning how to interact with girls from all over the state and nation."

Each year, Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama serves more than 9,000 girls and more than 3,000 volunteers through programs and events designed to accomplish its mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place, according to a press release issued by the organization.

The Girl Scouts recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. During the Girl Scouts' existence, thousands of girls have participated in its programs. These programs not only taught the girls skills, but also help them make strong friendships that are still in existence following their completion of the Girl Scouts program.

For more information regarding the Girl Scouts recruiting event, call (800) 239-6636.